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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 6, 2005, Athens, Alabama Acts of kindness East Limestone students donate funds to tsunami relief they raised performing acts of kindness 5^ Mentors needed Big Brothers/Big Sisters program growing in Limestone County 5A The News-Cou Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future Friday, Man 2005 M.L. Nye of Athens Subscriber of the day Derby ready Race horse trainer Kiaran McLaughlin takes Kentucky Derby in stride 7A Hey, Sound Off: Leave it to our illustrious Board of Education to take books off the shelves rather than get more books on them. I seem to remember a similar fuss a few years ago regarding Catcher in the Rye, an American classic. A few years before that. Blubber was on the chopping block. What would the Board do with these books if they ever got them banned? Burn them? They might as well. Besides, television is much less offensive than literature could ever be. More Sound Off Valley, 5A Get the news with your morning coffee Subscribe to The News-Courier * 232-2720 “ Index Classified..... 3-5B Comics ...... fiR Ledger ....... 1?A Religion -..... BA Obituaries____ ?A Shirley Jean Carthen Bonnie Pauline Stiltner Sports ....... 1-2B joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 ThessaUmians 5:16 '~<w> íW 'medO'He JQ 322 Hhv 31 N • \thens 256-232-1051 Obit line 256-771-0934 enewscouner.com 50 Cents Huntsville to annex prison State asking for change at Limestone Correctional because of sewer problem By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-couher.coni The City of Huntsville will soon annex the Limestone Correctional Facility near Capshaw into its city limits, The News-Courier has learned. Huntsville City Councilman Glenn Watson confirmed the plan Thursday saying the state has a severe sewer problem at the prison and will ask to be annexed by Huntsville so the prison can tie on to the sewer system Huntsville already owns and operates near the facility. Watson said the plan is in place and the annexation will likely be done before the end of the year. Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert said he was unaware of the plan, but said he intended to check it out. “1 haven’t heard a word about it," Seibert said. "But I'm going to try and find out something. This is news to me. "As it stands with annexation if the people petition to be annexed to go into a city like Huntsville, the city has the right to it." said Seibert. "That falls with the legislative delegation. They have been more than willing to work with people in annexation and I’m sure they will be on top of this too.” Seibert said even though the prison is in Limestone County, the county receives no benefits from it with the exception of employment. He added the annexation should not cost Limestone County any jobs. Limestone County Probate Judge Mike Davis, Sheriff Mike Blakely and Limestone Circuit Court Clerk Charles Page said the annexation plan was also news to them, but they added they don't doubt it. “A lot of my district (District 5) is in Limestone County,” Watson said. “We'll consider annexing more land in See Prison, Page 2A Judge declines to recuse from Barksdale case Request to move trial under review By Karen Middleton ancnews@pclnet. net Limestone County Circuit Court Judge Robert Baker told attorneys for capital murder defendant Farron Barksdale on Thursday that he will not recuse himself from hearing the case. Barksdale, 29, is charged in the Jan. 2, 2004, ambush style slayings of Athens police officers Sgt. Larry Russell and Officer Tony Mims. Barksdale has a long history of treatment for mental illness and has been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. Barksdale’s attorneys, Jake Watson and Robert Tuten, both of Huntsville, filed a motion requesting that Baker recuse himself because the judge, who was at the time a sitting Limestone County district judge, attend- See Barksdale, Page 3A Former mayor Bobby Wood dies at 74 By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier. com Former Athens Mayor and prominent Limestone County businessman Bobby Wood died Wednesday. He was 74. Wood, who was mayor from 1980-84, died in South Baldwin Medical Hospital near Foley. Friends of the former mayor said he had been sick and was receiving dialysis treatments for his kidneys. "Bobby was proactive and he liked to See Wood, Page 2A Wood 2 dead in 3-car pileup News-Courier/Kim Rynders Three cars collided Thursday in the westbound lanes of U.S. 72 in front of Jimmy Smith Pontiac Buick GMC. Medflight is seen arriving to pick up one of the injured drivers. Witness says car crossed into oncoming traffic; no one injured in third vehicle By Tashia Lov ei i tashia@athensnews-courier.com An eyewitness said she saw a three-car wreck Thursday on U.S. 72 in which two people were killed. At press time neither victim had been identified, although one was a man and one a woman, according to Limestone County Coroner Mike West. The man did not have identification on him. West said. The woman was taken by MedFlight to Huntsville Hospital. The wreck happened around 3 p.m. in front of Jimmy Smith Pontiac Buick GMC. According to the witness, who asked not to be named, the driver of a two-door Chevrolet Sunbird was traveling eastbound on U.S. 72 when he veered off of the road into the westbound lanes, striking a four-door Chrysler 300 head on. The witness said the Chrysler spun around in the roadway and another car, a four-door Chevrolet Cavalier, ran off the roadway to avoid the wreck ahead of him. "I just got out of my car and ran over here to see if everybody was OK,” she said. She said a woman was driving the Chrysler 300 and appeared to be unconscious. MedFlight later airlifted the unidentified woman from the scene. The driver of the Sunbird was transported to the See Pileup, Page 2A Officer helps rescue cow from pool By Sonny Turner sonny@athensnews-courier.com The call "Officer O” received Wednesday night was one he will never forget and it’s one he will likely joke about when his law enforcement career ends. Officer O, better known as Tom O’Hara, saved a life too this night — not a human life but that of the four-legged kind. It was a cow! The cow apparently got out of a pasture off North Lindsay Lane in Athens sometime late during the day Wednesday and wandered into the back yard of Jack Eddy at 1724 North Lindsay Lane. The cow then stepped on to the tarp that covered the Eddy’s swimming pool and it collapsed. The cow fell into the pool. “Officer O’Hara and reserve officer Greg Warren responded to the call at 6:40 p.m.,” said Capt. Marty Bruce. "They assisted in extracting the cow from the pool and they See Cow, Page 2A Prayers for our country News-Courier/Kim Rynders Citizens of Athens and Limestone County turned out Thursday to attend a service at City Hall for the National Day of Prayer. Local church leaders, along with acting Mayor Jimmy Gill, led the ceremony. Above, from left; Janie Lambert, Bob Lambert, Katie Richards and Yvonne Chadrick pray during the ceremony.